The Mini Satin rabbit, as the name suggests, is a miniature version of the beautiful satin rabbit. On this page, we are going to tell you everything that you need to know about this tiny breed.
This information may even help you to decide whether this is the right rabbit breed for you.
Where Did Mini Satin Rabbits Came From?
The origin of the Satin Rabbit (not the mini!) can be traced back to around the 1930s.
Back then, the Satin Rabbit wasn’t really a distinctive breed. Instead, it was just a Havana Rabbit with satin-like fur.
Of course, once the fur had been perfected, it started to be regarded as its own distinctive breed.
Of course, whenever a new breed comes about, people start to work incredibly hard on perfecting it. This started to happen in the 1970s.
Around this time, people started to desire smaller versions of certain rabbits, so it only made sense that people would start to develop a miniature version of the rabbit.
There were a lot of failures. It almost seemed as if nobody was able to crack the code of a Mini Satin Rabbit.
This all changed in 2005 when this breed became an officially recognized rabbit breed in the United States. It is not well-known outside of this country, mostly because the initial rabbit (back to the Havana) was American stock.
The Appearance of the Mini Satin
It is very, very rare to find a Mini Satin rabbit that is greater than 4lbs in weight. In fact, the size of the Mini Satin show rabbits are not supposed to go more than 4.5lbs in weight. Most will hover around the 3 lbs mark.
As you can probably guess from what we said before, this looks exactly like the satin rabbit, albeit smaller. Its head is round, which means no nose that sticks out. It is very short, and it has been regarded as having a ‘compact’ body shape.
The real highlight of this rabbit breed is the beautiful soft fur that it has. It is very shiny, and it is this fur that makes the satin rabbit so desirable as a show breed.
We are going to talk more about this fur in a short while when we discuss the use of this breed as a pet. This is because this fur comes in quite useful for pet owners.
Mini Satin Rabbit Colors
When the Mini satin rabbit was first bred, it was only available in 2 colors. However, nowadays, the Mini satin rabbit comes in a dozen of different colors that have been recognized as being show colors.
There are 16 recognized (showable) color varieties of Mini Satin rabbit:
- Chocolate Agouti
- Silver Marten
As a Show Breed
Just like the Satin rabbit that came before it, the Mini Satin Rabbit has always been ‘designed’ to be a show breed. This means that the bulk of rabbits that are bred are explicitly for show purposes.
It is worth noting that the bulk of these rabbit shows only occur in the United States. As we said before; this isn’t really a breed that has spread all that much outside of the country.
This is because it is quite a modern breed, and rabbit breeds are not spreading around in quite the same way that they did in the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
Because it is such a popular show breed, a lot of breeders will make money from selling the offspring of their award-winning rabbits.
People are willing to pay premium prices for rabbits with pedigree certificates, after all.
This is especially true with the Mini Satin Rabbit where a number of mixed-breeds have entered the market which looks similar to the Mini Satin but are not quite the same.
These work well as pets only. They can never be used as a show rabbit.
Luckily for most rabbit breeders, this is a fairly easy rabbit to breed. It doesn’t have any fertility issues, and all of the rabbits born will be classed as Mini Satin Rabbits, even if not all of them are going to be living up to show standards.
There are no practical uses for the Mini Satin Rabbit. It is too small to be a meat rabbit breed. It is also too small for it to be a fur breed, even if the fur that they produce is quite luxurious.
The Mini Satin Rabbit as a Pet
Remember what we said about the fur being rather unique and useful for owners? Let us explain.
Normally, when you have rabbits that have beautiful fur like the Mini Satin Rabbit, you have to put in a lot of effort trying to maintain the quality of the fur.
This means almost constant tending to the fur. That isn’t a problem with this breed (or the larger version of this breed).
All it takes is a bit of light brushing each week and the fur will remain in pristine condition. So, if you want a rabbit that is easy to care for, this is the one.
Since this is a smaller breed of rabbit, it is best suited for indoor use. It can help to protect the rabbits from predators (a major issue for smaller breeds)
Thankfully, indoors, the rabbit will not take up much space. This means that this breed is going to be well-suited for those with smaller apartments. Although, it probably wouldn’t do too well if you have other pets in the home (unless they are rabbits)
This is a friendly breed, although this is mostly down to the smaller size and the rabbit being quite timid. This, of course, means that you may need to take a bit of care in how you approach the rabbit as to not scare it too much.
Despite the extensive amount of breeding that went into creating the Mini Satin Rabbit, there are no health issues with this breed. In fact, it is a fairly long-lived rabbit breed with some living up to 12-years-old.
However, the average lifespan of the Mini Satin rabbit is 8-years, which certainly puts it on the upper end of the spectrum when it comes to longer-lived rabbit breeds.
At the end, if you are more into the small rabbit breeds, check our article about the smallest rabbit breeds that are especially good for pets.